Friday, July 22, 2011

For Sharon Lynn Gastineau...

So, it's been a busy, busy week. I've spent a lot of time writing and promoting and I've met a lot of new awesome people, albeit virtually. The last bit of polishing on the book is going quickly and I believe at this point it's safe to say that the ebook release will likely be early to mid August now!

I will be sticking with my initial release date of October 2nd for both the hardcover and the paperback editions.

I chose October 2nd as the date for my book release because it was my mother's birthday. She passed away in April of 2006, 3 years before I even started writing SIC. She was always the most supportive person and an avid reader.

She would often clutch a paperback in one hand, reading intently, her other hand turning over food on the stove. And I couldn't possibly count how many times she burned something in the oven because she was too pulled in to what she was reading to get up and turn it off. I've since become quite fond of biscuits with a little char on the bottom.

And when I started writing at the ripe age of 23, she was, as always, completely supportive. She'd been through many ailments, diabetes, cancer, and epilepsy. But those last years she developed the circulation and heart problems that have proved common in our family and she ended up losing both her legs. Even still, she was a source of strength for so many people, myself included.

On more than one occasion, doctors gave her 2 months to live. But as kind as she was, she had a meanness to her, a stubborn will that only a fool would cross. And she used that will to keep death at bay those last few years. I miss her more than I could ever express in words on paper or said out loud. I wish so much she could see what I've accomplished. Just one last visit. So, I wanted to put out the book on her birthday because she's the one I have and will always be writing for.

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